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WSOC is excited to welcome you back to campus on September 4th!
WSOC Back to School 2018 Newsletter

Hello families!

We are hard at work getting the campus and classrooms ready for your return next Tuesday. Our faculty and staff recently enjoyed a three day lecture series with
Michael D'Aleo
Michael D'Aleo, during which we discussed the importance of the new educational paradigm which embraces evolution, change and growth rather than a fixed traditional model. It was an enlightening and rejuvenating way to prepare for our new school year. 

Mr. D'Aleo, a guest teacher at various teacher training institutions and Waldorf Schools around the world, also is the co-founder and leader of the successful science teacher training program, "Teaching Sensible Science." He will be leading this training onsite at  WSOC October 8-14, 2018. Additionally, Mr. D'Aleo will be guest teaching Physics in the WSOC High School.

In addition to teacher-led workshops, we enjoyed an afternoon with Baba the Storyteller, a frequent visitor to WSOC who is known for his beautiful stories and songs about wisdom and courage.
Baba the Storyteller

Please scroll down to learn more about our end of summer soiree on the WSOC campus, your upcoming invitation to our new online communications platform, ParentSquare, important calendar dates and more.  

You should have received a packet of important WSOC Back to School information (parking reminders, our new hot lunch program, faculty changes and more) in the mail by today. For your convenience, we have attached it electronically below as well.

We are eager to welcome you back to school on Tuesday, September 4th. And to our 26 new families in Pre-K through High School, we are so honored to have you join our community! We look forward to seeing you at the New Family Orientation on Wednesday, September 5th at 7pm.

Alyssa Hamilton
WSOC Communications Coordinator

September 2018 At-A-Glance
Click here for online calendar

September 4 School Begins
September 4  All High School Bonding Trip
September 5  New Family Orientation
September 5  Grade 3 Parent Evening
September 6  Grade 4 Parent Evening
September 10  Playgroup and Bridge Classes Begin
September 10 Grade 8 Parent Evening
September 11  Grade 1 Parent Evening
September 11 & 12  WSOC SCHOOL PHOTO DAY
September 12  Grade 6 Parent Evening
September 14-15 Adult Education
September 18  Adult Education
September  21 End-of-Summer Back to School Soiree at WSOC
September 26  Ms. Terri and Ms. Arieta Kindergarten Parent Evening 
September 28  Adult Education
September 28  Michaelmas
September 29 Adult Education

ParentSquare Makes its Debut at WSOC in Mid-September
We are very excited to adopt a new form of communication at WSOC . ParentSquare is designed to keep parents informed and to facilitate participation at school. It provides a safe and effective way for the teachers, staff, and parents to:
  • Send and receive school and class information
  • Share pictures and files
  • See calendar items
  • Sign up to volunteer
And much more . . . all in one centralized place!

In a few weeks, you will get an invitation to register for ParentSquare. Once registered, you will be able to access your class pages and view training videos to learn more. Below is a quick video that explains many of its benefits and features.

What is ParentSquare?
What is ParentSquare?
With ParentSquare, school/grade level and classroom information will be sent to your computer or phone via email and/or text, or you can download the free App. No more digging through your inbox for an important message! ParentSquare stores all messages in your class pages, and you can arrange to have your daily emails/texts and notifications come in real time, or once at the end of each day. 

We are pleased to soon be offering this new commuication tool, which will serve to simplify and centralize our current methods and make it easier for both parents and teachers to share information.

Introducing Yum Club, Our New Hot Lunch Program!
Ordering lunches has never been easier!
Waldorf School of Orange County has partnered with Yum Club to provide a secure, fast, and easy-to-use online ordering system that allows you to view our lunch menu, order, prepay and manage  student lunches from your smartphone, tablet or computer. As before, this hot lunch program supports our eighth grade fundraising efforts.
Registration and Ordering is now OPEN!
  1. Go To: (please bookmark this page). Click on Create an Account: School Password is: W40
  2. Enter information and click "submit."
  3. Enter information for your students, and add Profile. Repeat for any additional students. 
  4. Click "I'm Done" and sign in.
PROGRAM INFO - (also available online once you are logged in to your account)
  • FOOD POLICIES (Missed/Late Orders, Credits, and Changes/Cancellations): You must cancel your orders, online before 5pm the day before. After 5pm, please contact us at or call 800-559-5695. After 8am, cancellations are no longer allowed.
  • TECHNICAL SUPPORT (help navigating the site): email
  • PAYMENT INFORMATION: The program accepts payment by Debit Card or Credit Card: Visa, MasterCard & Discover.
  • Be sure to proceed to checkout and process your payment. Orders that are left in the shopping cart will NOT be processed and your student(s) will not be included in the lunch service.
  • If paying by check, make checks payable to Yum Club and give to Erica in the front office.
  • Ordering for more than one person? Please be sure to add all items for your student(s) into the shopping cart BEFORE checking out.
  • Changes or additional orders: You will not be able to make changes or place additional orders until your check is received by the school and your payment is recorded. Once your payment is recorded, you will be able to order/make changes providing the ordering period is still open.                                        

Thank you for participating in our school lunch program!


End-of-Summer Back to School Night Soiree
Come join us on the WSOC campus for an evening of live music, a food truck with tasty ominivore and vegetarian options, a student artwork exhibit, and a relaxing time with friends, faculty and family on a cozy summer evening.

Friday, September 21
WSOC High School quad  

You are also welcome to bring your own picnic dinner if you prefer. Don't forget your reusable utensils, plates and cups to help make this an eco-friendly event! 
Company of Angels: Time to Shop!
Scrip News: Start Your School Year Right with Presto Pay
Start the school year off right by enrolling in Presto Pay, if you haven't already! 

Enroll in online payments (PrestoPay) to conveniently pay for orders.

ShopWithScrip gets even better when you enroll in Online Payments (PrestoPay). In addition to not having to drop off checks, you will also receive eGift cards and funds will be added to your ReloadNow cards instantly. Plus, you'll have access to ordering on-the-go with ShopWithScrip's mobile website, MyScripWallet™. 

With Online Payments (PrestoPay), your order payment is transferred securely from your bank account to Great Lakes Scrip Center via electronic debit. 

To enroll, log in to your ShopWithScrip account and follow these steps:
  • Click on the Payment Types link under Family Functions on your Dashboard
  • Follow the steps to enroll by either instantly linking your bank account or entering banking information manually
  • You'll be ready to pay for your order with Online Payments 

Pam Lusk
Scrip Coordinator

Parent Education
What is Waldorf 100?

Waldorf 100 - The Film
Waldorf 100 - The Film

Waldorf Education will soon celebrate its 100th anniversary! 

"The point of this film is to introduce the concept of the upcoming Waldorf-100 Centennial in 2019-2020. The goal is to help families and schools around the world recognize that Waldorf education can, and does, have an important impact on the challenges we face in the world today.

Too often we get stuck focusing on our own school and its struggles, but there is a much larger ethos out there that we are all part of. Collectively, we are working to change the world and make a better future.

The hope and aspiration of this Centennial event is not to simply have a big anniversary party. It's to launch Waldorf education into the 21st Century with a bold new sense of confidence and commitment to the future - a future that our children will help determine."

 -- Paul Zehrer,
 Producer & Director, Waldorf 100 - The Film

A New Year of Foundation Studies Starts in September!

Have you ever said,  I wish I was the one going through Waldorf Education? Or perhaps you would like to learn more about why Waldorf teachers bring subjects to   th eir students in a particular way. With Foundation Studies, you can! Waldorf School of Orange County's two-year program enables participants to experience many of the subjects their child learns, including a study of great literary works such as Parzival, form drawing, wet-on-wet watercolor, projective geometry and more. Additionally, courses include Child Development and the Basics of Waldorf Education, a Biography Workshop, and other fundamentals of Waldorf Education. Faculty members from WSOC support the program, as do several guest teachers from the wider Anthroposophical movement.

The program, which began in 2009, is directed by Chris Bennett, who joined the faculty of WSOC in September 2009.  He is the former director of Kula Makua, the Honolulu Waldorf Teacher Training Program, and was an instructor at the 
London Waldorf Teacher Training Seminar (UK) for many years prior to that. He served as a WSOC class teacher from 2009-2017, when his class graduated 8th grad e.
This two-year, part-time study is offered from Sept 2018 to June 2020. Tuition is $2,500.00 per year. A monthly payment option is available (September-
June). Please click here for brochure and registering instructions.


Community News
How We Will: Threefolding our Cultural Revolution 
Frank Agrama and Dottie Zold, of the Elderberries Threefold CafĂ© and Have Seeds House community, believe that a Threefold Commonwealth structure can take place in two small cities in Los Angeles within the next few years. This Labor Day weekend, there is a special gathering on this topic in Chicago, IL. 

John Bloom of Rudolf Steiner Finance and Nathaniel Williams of Free Columbia and the ThinkOutWord movement will e ngage our deeper understanding of the principles of Rudolf Steiner's social threefolding and the working  relationships between the Economic/Kinship, Political/Equal Rights and the Cultural/Freedom realms. 

Kait Ziegler and Destiny Nolen, lead organizers in California's Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival, will lead an exploration of the questions that are living very strongly and openly in the youth of today, who are looking for a more just, sustainable, diverse and humane world. 
Individuals from all over the country and world working in the fields of agriculture, medicine, technology insights, new economic forms, art, community activism, and education have been invited to share how and where our core values intersect, and, if we can imagine how a threefold commonwealth structural form can come into being in today's time. All are welcome to bring their questions and experiences, so we can have a large, diverse, and representative community weaving through the differences and the commonalities of our core values.
Rudolf Steiner Branch of the Anthroposophical Society
Chicago, IL
August 30-September 3rd

For more information, contact Eloise Krivosheia:

For Sale Now in The Company of Angels! 
Proceeds support our WSOC 8th Grade Trip in 2019

News from AWSNA

Click here for the August AWSNA newsletter.

Important Documents & Links

Support WSOC every time you shop on!

PrestoPay tutorial for Scrip here:

Yum Club hot lunch program

Big Aftercare September 2018 forms: please email to Ms. E or drop off in the front office
Please email  Ms. Michaela to obtain Little Aftercare Forms for September 2018


College of Teachers
Catherine Averett
Christiane Bohr
Gina Garrison (Chair)
Andrea Hubert
Angie Meier
Brooke Natzke
Holly Peterson
Matan Tsufim  
Lorri Valenzuela-Mier (Chair)

Board of Trustees
Lisa Arnquist
Megan Brown (Chair)
Gina Garrison (College Rep)
Gabe Frisby 
David Kruse
Maureen McDermott
Margaret O'Brien
Gary Roth
Olivia Slutzky
Adminstrative Rotation:
Teresa Alarcon
Douglas Barrett
Jeff Barth
Linda Timmons

WSOC Ombudsmen
Russ Bermejo


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